M.V. Moroshkina, S.V. Kondrateva. Regional Accessibility as a Factor in the Development of a Tourist Destination

UDК 338.48

DOI: https://doi.org/10.15507/2413-1407.114.029.202101.060-081

Introduction. The tourist vector of development is regarded as one of the promising and even priority areas of socio-economic development of the regions of the North-West of Russia. Accessibility of regions with a unique tourist and recreational potential and established tourism infrastructure is becoming increasingly important in the circumstances of increasing competition for tourists. The study aims to evaluate the potential of the regions of the Northwestern Federal District of the Russian Federation for the development of tourism on the basis of a comprehensive assessment of their geographical, transport, and infrastructural accessibility.

Materials and Methods. As part of the study, median indicators were calculated based on statistical data from Federal State Statistics Service, the official websites of the Federal Agency for Tourism of the Russian Federation and the Russian Railways company, as well as from the website Tutu.ru. The method of economic analysis was employed to assess the accessibility of territories for tourist flows taking into account transport accessibility, time spent on travel, and fare.

Results. Based on the results of the performed analysis, 4 typological groups (central, semi-central, semi-peripheral and peripheral) of the constituent regions of the Northwestern Federal District of the Russian federation were singled out in terms of regional accessibility for the development of a tourist destination. The territories accessible to tourists include the regions of central location, which are of interest to visit and have high transport accessibility. The compiled grouping reflects the potential of the territory to accept tourists, assessed by such factors as cost, accessibility, and remoteness.

Discussion and Conclusion. The results of this work may be used by regional government bodies when making managerial decisions pertaining to tourism development. The material of the article has scientific and practical significance for scientists studying the issues of regional tourism development, as well as for those engaged in the tourism business.

Keywords: regional accessibility, Northwestern Federal District, region, typology of regions, tourism, cost of train tickets, geographic remoteness

The authors declare that there is no conflict of interest.

Funding. The research work was carried out as part of the budget assignment of the Institute of Economics of the Karelian Research Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences (No. АААА-А19-119010990087-1 and No. АААА-А19-119010990088-8).

For citation: Moroshkina M.V., Kondrateva S.V. Regional Accessibility as a Factor in the Development of a Tourist Destination. Regionology = Russian Journal of Regional Studies. 2020; 28(4):60-81. DOI: https://doi.org/10.15507/2413-1407.114.029.202101.060-081

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Submitted 01.10.2020; approved after reviewing 19.11.2020; accepted for publication 30.11.2020.

About the authors:

Marina V. Moroshkina, Researcher, Institute of Economics, Karelian Research Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences (50 A. Nevskogo Ave., Petrozavodsk 185030, Russian Federation), Ph. D. (Economics), ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6520-4248, Researcher ID: O-9248-2015, maribel74@mail.ru

Svetlana V. Kondrateva, Researcher, Institute of Economics, Karelian Research Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences (50 A. Nevskogo Ave., Petrozavodsk 185030, Russian Federation), Ph. D. (Economics), ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8832-9182, Researcher ID: H-3097-2015, svkorka@mail.ru

Contribution of the authors:

M. V. Moroshkina – statement of the research problem; academic supervision; formulation of the basic concept of the study; evaluation of the results; drawing conclusions.

S. V. Kondrateva – preparation of the text of the article; graphical representation of the results; drawing conclusions; critical analysis and revision of the text.

The authors have read and approved the final version of the manuscript.

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